Currently Playing In:
Northern Premier League Division One North
A club from the football stronghold of The North East have spent most of their footballing life since 1883 in the shadow of Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Joining the Football League’s Third Division North as founder members in 1921, promotion to Division Two was achieved in 1925, for two seasons only. ‘The Quakers’ then played at Football League’s regionalised third level and, between 1958 - 2010, in the Third or Fourth Divisions, although one season was spent as a non-league team in 1989-1990, when, under the inspirational guidance of Brian Little, the club bounced right back from The Conference at the first attempt. Then in 2009-2010 Darlington dropped out of the Football League again and although enjoying the thrill of an FA Trophy triumph at Wembley in 2011, another financial disaster saw the club forced into The Northern League. A new and refreshed ‘Darlington 1883’ immediately stormed to an impressive Championship with 145 goals and 122 points, to earn promotion to The Northern Premier League’s Division One North. In 2013-14 the new Club finished second, but lost the consequent play-off semi-final.
Modern supporters of Darlington have had their loyalty tested by a succession of club saving financial plans which just haven’t worked, but there should be a bright future for the supporters who have stood by the club and are now in control.
- Previous Name(s):
- Darlington FC 1883-2012
- Bishop Auckland FC, Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham DL14 9AE
- 01388 604 605
- Website Address:
- From Darlington South: From junction 58 from the A1, take the A68 towards West Auckland or Corbridge. (At the roundabout 1 mile from motorway, ignore A6072 to Bishop Auckland & Shildon). In 6 further miles, A688, towards Bishop Auckland, at the West Auckland by-pass, turn right at the roundabout. Go straight across at the next roundabout and the stadium is located 500 yards on your left.
From Darlington North: From junction 59 from the A1, take the A167 towards Aycliffe. Take the first left onto St.Andrews Way (B6444). Follow this to join the A6072 to Bishop Auckland, go through 3 roundabouts. Take first exit on to A688 and stadium will be on your right.
- Most Recent Senior Honour:
- Northern League Division One 2012-13
Click on a year to see photos, articles and more details about the season.
|As Darlington FC|
|1977-1989||Football League Division Four|
|1990-1991||Football League Division Four|
|1991-2004||Football League Division Three|
|2004-2010||Football League Two|
|As Darlington 1883|
|2012-2013||Northern League Division One||1st||Martin Gray|
|2013-2014||Northern Premier League Division One North||2nd||Martin Gray|
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